My beloved ones, a friend has asked:
You mentioned once that there is no other truth greater than death. You have also said somewhere that there is nothing like death. Which of the two statements is true?
Both are true. When I say there is no other truth greater than death, I am drawing your attention to the fact that the phenomenon of death is an enormous reality in this life. But what we call “life” and what we understand as “life” is limited to our personality and this consists of what I describe as “I.” This personality will die and what we call “life” will die too. Death is inevitable. Certainly, you will die and I will die, and this life will also be destroyed, turned into dust, erased.
When I say there is no other greater truth than death, I want to remind you of the fact that we are all going to die. And when I say that death is totally false, I want to remind you that within this “I,” within “you,” there is someone else who will never die. And there is also a life that is different from what you believe to be life, a life without death. Both these things are true; they are simultaneously true. If you take only one of them to be true, you will not be able to comprehend the whole truth.
If someone says that the shadow is a reality, that darkness is a reality, he is right. Darkness exists and so does the shadow. And if someone else says there is no darkness, he is right too. What he is saying is that darkness does not have a positive existence. If I ask you to bring me a couple of bags of darkness, you won’t be able to. A room is filled with darkness, and if you are asked to throw the darkness out, you won’t be able to. Or, if I say, “If darkness is in there, then please bring it out,” you will be unable to. Why? It is because darkness has a negative existence; darkness is merely the absence of light.
Although darkness exists, nevertheless it is only the absence of light. And so if someone were to say there is no darkness, he is right. There is the presence of light and there is the absence of light, but there is nothing like darkness as such. That’s why we can do whatsoever we want with light, but with darkness we can do nothing. If you want to remove darkness, you will have to bring in light; if you want to bring in darkness, you will have to put out the light. With darkness, nothing can be done directly.